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  • ‘I wasn’t a popular kid’: Why Mothusi Magano relates to villain roles

    ‘I wasn’t a popular kid’: Why Mothusi Magano relates to villain roles

    Renowned actor Mothusi Magano, who’s starred in Muvhango, The River, Scandal!, Skeem Saam and Generations: The Legacy says he realised showbiz was the place for him when he starred in his first TV advert in 2001.  

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    The former Skeem Saam, Muvhango and Scandal! actor Mothusi Magano reveals in an interview with Sowetan that he stepped into the limelight in 2006 and has since acted in numerous roles as Charles “Mingus” Khathi in SABC3’s drama series The Lab, Intersexions as Kabelo, Muvhango as Kutlwano, and in e.tv’s soapie Scandal! as The Dustbin man.  

    The North West-born star is currently in Netflix’s crime drama Wild is The Wind as a police officer.  

    The publication adds that the movie depicts the dodgy dealings of the system through the investigation of the murder of an Afrikaner girl by two corrupt policemen – played by Magano and Frank Rautenbach as John Smit.    

    “I remember securing a gig to feature in a witty advert where I’d be left with nothing but my underwear on after going on a date with a girl. He (his character) clearly misread the whole situation as the girl wanted him to come in for nothing but a cup of coffee. I found my time shooting that ad very exciting considering how much I wanted to be on television,” Magano recalls.  

    “It was with no hesitation that acting has always been what I wanted to do. I’ve never had another job besides acting. I started getting paid as an actor a lot later after appearing in school plays, and some theatre productions.  

    “My mother did the best she could to support what her son wanted to do, which is acting.”  


    Magano adds that he was insecure about his acting abilities when he first started acting.   

    “When I first started television acting, I remember being so insecure about my acting ability although nothing much has changed as I am a little bit more comfortable with my insecurity. I really don’t know where my insecurity stems from but it probably helps me to humble myself in my craft,” he adds.  

    “My very first profession on-screen role was playing Kutloano, which I think unskilled me as an actor. I was so nervous when I was preparing for the role… I tend to over-rehearse because I tend to picture how a certain dialogue is supposed to go and I would then get on set and all of that will be thrown out of the window. So, I’ve learned to pace myself as an actor.”  

    The 43-year-old actor claims that he relates to some of the roles because of how marginalised society forgets that its behaviour stems from childhood traumas. 

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